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12 March 2016
AMGA Foundation Launches its Next National Campaign - Diabetes:
Together 2 Goal®
New Campaign Aims to Improve the Lives of 1 Million People with Type 2 Diabetes
ORLANDO, FL - Today, the AMGA Foundation launched a national campaign, Diabetes: Together 2 Goal®, aimed at improving management of Type 2 diabetes in the United States. This three-year initiative will challenge leading healthcare organizations to work together to transform diabetes care for millions across the country.
Together 2 Goal® is the second campaign in the AMGA Foundation’s Chronic Care Challenge. In the first campaign, Measure Up/Pressure Down®, nearly 150 AMGA members worked together to improve blood pressure detection or control for more than half a million Americans. The Together 2 Goal® campaign will leverage this momentum and success to improve care for 1 million people with Type 2 diabetes.
Hundreds of AMGA medical groups and health systems from across the country were in attendance at today’s campaign premiere event in Orlando during the AMGA 2016 Annual Conference. This extraordinary event featured keynote speaker Sugar Ray Leonard - Olympic athlete, world champion boxer, and diabetes advocate - who provided remarks and expressed his support for the campaign’s efforts to “knock out” this disease.
Representatives from campaign supporters also provided remarks, including: Anna Windle, Ph.D., Executive Director, Medical Affairs, Novo Nordisk, Inc.; David G. Marrero, Ph.D., J.O., 2015 President, Health Care & Education, American Diabetes Association; and Deborah Greenwood, Ph.D., R.N., BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE, American Association of Diabetes Educators. Additionally, Novo Nordisk, Inc.-the campaign’s Presenting Corporate Collaborator-presented Together 2 Goal® with a check for $1.5 million to support campaign activities over the next three years.
“We are proud to launch our second campaign and build upon the hard work that our members are doing to address the nation’s most pressing chronic conditions,” says Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., CAE, President and Chief Executive Officer of AMGA and Secretary of the Board of AMGA Foundation. “We strongly believe that over the next three years and with the dedication and commitment of some of the largest and most prestigious health care systems in the country, we will see improved care among people with Type 2 diabetes and set them on a better path to live longer, healthier lives.”
To date, over 100 AMGA members have committed to implementing at least one of the “campaign planks” - 11 evidence-based care processes - that will improve the care of people with the condition by empowering patients, improving care delivery, and leveraging information technology. Additionally, campaign participants will report data on a quarterly basis to measure progress towards this goal and utilize the campaign’s resources and tools to achieve this mark.
Corporate collaborators for the campaign include:
Presenting Corporate Collaborator: Novo Nordisk, Inc.
Principal Corporate Collaborators: Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems, Inc. and Optum
Contributing Corporate Collaborators: Merck and Sanofi
Corporate Collaborator: DC Department of Health
Campaign partners and supporting organizations include: American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, American Association of Diabetes Educators, American College of Physicians, American Diabetes Association, American Kidney Fund, Behavioral Diabetes Institute, DiabetesSisters, HealthyWomen, and Men’s Health Network.
For more information about the campaign, visit www.Together2Goal.org.
About the Together 2 Goal® Campaign
The AMGA Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the AMGA, launched Together 2 Goal®, a three-year national campaign to fight the challenge of Type 2 diabetes on March 12, 2016. Together 2 Goal® includes over 100 medical groups, health systems, non-profit partners, and corporate collaborators such as the American Diabetes Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators, Novo Nordisk, Inc., Geisinger Health System, Henry Ford Health System, Intermountain Healthcare, and Ochsner Health System. The goal of the three-year campaign is to improve care for 1 million people with Type 2 diabetes by 2019. www.Together2Goal.org
About AMGA Foundation
The AMGA Foundation is AMGA’s nonprofit arm that enables medical groups and other organized systems of care to consistently improve health and health care. The AMGA Foundation serves as a catalyst, connector and collaborator for translating the evidence of what works best in improving health and health care in everyday practice. www.amga.org/foundation
AMGA is a 501(c)(6) trade association representing medical groups, health systems, and other organized systems of care, including some of the nation's largest, most prestigious integrated delivery systems. AMGA is a leading voice in advocating for efficient, team-based, and accountable care. AMGA members encompass all models of organized systems of care in the healthcare industry, including: physician-owned, independent group practices, integrated delivery systems, hospital-affiliated medical groups, independent practice associations (IPAs), academic and faculty practices, accountable care organizations, and high-performing health systems. Approximately 177,000 physicians practice in AMGA member organizations, providing healthcare services for 133 million patients (approximately one in three Americans). Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, AMGA is the strategic partner for these organizations, providing a comprehensive package of benefits, including political advocacy, educational and networking programs, publications, benchmarking data services, and financial and operations assistance. www.amga.org